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Books for Grade 8

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Suzanne Collins

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, May 19, 2020)
    Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
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  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    Kelly Barnhill

    Paperback (Algonquin Young Readers, April 30, 2019)
    Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .
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  • Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build

    Christina Schul

    Paperback (Rockridge Press, May 28, 2019)
    Spark creativity and build critical-thinking skills with 50+ fun activities about engineering for kids ages 5-10 Watch your child’s eyes light up as they get excited about engineering, learn valuable knowledge, and have tons of fun. Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids is packed with more than 50 fascinating STEAM exercises, complete with step-by-step instructions, colorful pictures, and simple explanations of how and why the experiments work. Make engineering for kids easy and enjoyable with projects that use common, inexpensive household materials so they can play and learn anytime. From toothpick towers and marble runs to egg drops and water rockets, the activities in this book about engineering for kids will challenge and delight. This entertaining book about engineering for kids goes above and beyond to include: A range of activities―Explore different kinds of engineering for kids with lots of unique projects, like constructing a paper cup telephone, creating pendulum art, and making a fantastical flying dragon. STEAM connection―Discover the connection between each exciting engineering experiment and real-life science, technology, art, and math. Think like an engineer―Learn all about engineering with a brief guide to the different types of engineers, an explanation of what they do, and what kids need to know to become one. Unlock the world of engineering for kids with engaging STEAM exercises that help them learn, grow, and get creative. Let’s dive in!
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  • Guinness World Records 2020

    Guinness World Records

    Hardcover (Guinness World Records, Sept. 3, 2019)
    Fully revised and updated, the record-breaking compendium of superlatives is back and bursting with facts, figures and incredible stories – each one selected to inspire you to learn about the fascinating world we live in… and to break records of your own.In a series of 11 fact-packed chapters, we introduce you to the record-holders who’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. Meet…• The adventurers who trek, swim, ski, climb and fly to all four corners of the globe • The real-life cyborgs who augment their bodies with cutting-edge technology• The painters, sculptors, musicians and moviemakers taking performance art to new levels• The stars of social media generating millions of views on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter• The athletic legends who continue to raise the bar in the world of sportsBut it’s not only human beings who set records. Explore the wilder side of life with 24 pages of record-breaking animals, and take a trip around the world to visit the most awe-inspiring sights on each continent!Plus, we investigate 10 record-breaking robots to find out what makes them tick. And look out for our exciting new “Snapshot” feature, in which our digital artists put a unique visual spin on some iconic record-holders such as the largest ever crocodile, the richest person on Earth and the tallest living tree – prepare to be amazed!
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  • Hamilton: The Revolution

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter

    Hardcover (Grand Central Publishing, April 12, 2016)
    A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, now streaming on Disney+ with the original cast. Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation. Hamilton: The Revolution gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages -- "since before this was even a show," according to Miranda -- traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here. Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
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  • Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary

    Merriam-Webster, Inc.

    Hardcover (Merriam Webster, Jan. 1, 2019)
    This newly revised edition, 2019 copyright, is the perfect dictionary for students in grades 3-5, ages 8-11. And can help with homeschooling and remote learning. With 36,000 entries the dictionary covers the core vocabulary an elementary student will encounter in their reading and writing. It offers many new words and senses from technology and life science, such as alternative energy, friend, and STEM It can be used in Texas STAAR testing classrooms. It gives students 250 word history paragraphs so they can learn the stories behind the creation of words like: mustang, hurricane, exult, daisy, clue, asparagus, sandwich, pajamas, pioneer, quicksilver, sideburns, weird, welcome, werewolf and hundreds more. 120 synonym paragraphs and 900 colorful illustrations, photographs, and diagrams will fascinate young readers and help improve their understanding of concepts. Greek and Latin word root paragraphs help build vocabulary and improve spelling skills. Some of the word roots students will learn are: anim, cap, dict, locu, flu, vor, lev, pon, scrib, struct, and dozens more. Includes A Guide for Writers to help students learn when to best use things like a comma, colon, apostrophe, dash, exclamation point, hyphen semicolon and much more. Provides a list of important Geographical Names and a map of the USA and one of the World. Offers 1,300 quotes from classic and contemporary children's literature to help link vocabulary to what students are reading. Here are some of the books quoted: Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
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  • Best of Mad Libs

    Roger Price, Leonard Stern

    Paperback (Mad Libs, April 17, 2008)
    Over the last 50 years, Price Stern Sloan has published hundreds and hundreds of Mad Libs stories. Come fill out over 125 of the funniest ones in this deluxe oversize edition. This book also includes a history of the game as told by the creator Leonard Stern (complete with pictures) and stories filled out by today’s hottest stars! It’s the super-silly way to say _________ [adjective] 50th Anniversary, Mad Libs!
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  • The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike

    Dinah Bucholz

    Hardcover (Adams Media, Sept. 18, 2010)
    With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as: Treacle Tart, Harry's favorite dessert Molly's Meat Pies, Mrs. Weasley's classic dish Kreacher's French Onion Soup Pumpkin Pasties, a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the entrees, desserts, snacks, and drinks you need to transform ordinary Muggle meals into magical culinary masterpieces, sure to make even Mrs. Weasley proud.
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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger

    Paperback (Back Bay Books, Jan. 30, 2001)
    Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor--will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition

    J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

    Hardcover (Arthur A. Levine Books, Oct. 6, 2015)
    The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For the first time, J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan. Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable.
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  • Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë

    language (The Classics, June 16, 2020)
    Considered lurid and shocking by mid-19th-century standards, Wuthering Heights was initially thought to be such a publishing risk that its author, Emily Brontë, was asked to pay some of the publication costs.Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.A fiend of a book — an incredible monster... The action is laid in hell, — only it seems places and people have English names there. —Dante Gabriel RossettiA monument of the most striking genius that nineteenth-century womanhood has given us. —Clement ShorterThe greatest work of fiction by any man or woman Europe has produced to date. —Anthony LudoviciThere is no “I” in ‘Wuthering Heights’. There are no governesses. There are no employers. There is love, but it is not the love of men and women. Emily was inspired by some more general conception. The impulse which urged her to create was not her own suffering or her own injuries. She looked out upon a world cleft into gigantic disorder and felt within her the power to unite it in a book. —Virginia Woolf
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  • Refugee

    Alan Gratz

    Hardcover (Scholastic Press, July 25, 2017)
    A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.A New York Times bestseller!JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.
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